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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 17, 2009 4:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Definitive Stagger Lee

Since we talked about definitive the other day, I have been trying to keep alert to any extraordinary or, dare I say, definitive versions.

Now, I may be partial since I like this whole show but the Stagger Lee from Nashville (1978-12-16) is definitely the definitive version. Everytime you think "that's it" they run it up the flagpole again. It's just crushing.

TOOTMO

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Dec 17, 2009 4:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Definitive Stagger Lee

For this tune, look to billydlions and staggerleib. And they both largely agreed on a few standout versions:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=256278

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Poster: billydlions Date: Dec 17, 2009 4:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Definitive Stagger Lee

12-16-78 is a great show, but I just cant stand Bobby's slide guitar at the end. In one of Blair Jackson's book he asked if Jerry stopped playing Stagger Lee because of Bobby and Jerry seemed to agree with the premise of the question. Check out 4-7-87 as a sleeper version (and a great show with a big Dew)

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Poster: pHurthur Date: Dec 17, 2009 8:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Definitive Stagger Lee

TDIH 1978 has a great Stagger Lee. And here is yet another great show with a coon ass touch from 1986.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1986-02-08.sbd.miller.32541.flac16

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Dec 17, 2009 10:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Definitive Stagger Lee

The Stagger Lee from 12/31/78 "Closing Of Winterland" is a good one.

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